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Boyds, Md., (8/31/2020) – The Washington Spirit have announced that the club has joined “DC2026”, Washington DC’s official bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, as a partner. DC2026 officially launched it’s bid to become the United States’ host city for the 2026 World Cup on June 30.
The bid is led by Mayor Muriel Bowser, Events DC, the District of Columbia’s official convention and sports authority and members of the newly formed Washington DC FIFA World Cup 2026 Advisory Board. Members of the board include Spirit team captain Andi Sullivan, Spirit Majority Owner Steve Baldwin, as well as local leading soccer figures such as DC United Goalkeeper Bill Hamid, United States Women’s National Team legend Briana Scurry, and Washington Spirit legend Joanna Lohman.
Washington Spirit Chief Growth Officer Gretchen Hamm said this on joining Events DC and DC2026 in the bid to bring the World Cup to DC: “As our fan base grows into and throughout the DMV, we are happy to bring Events DC into the #SpiritFam! As they work towards DC2026, we aspire to continue to get more people engaged with soccer!”
Events DC and the DC2026 Advisory Board are thrilled to officially partner with the Washington Spirit to build awareness for the 2026 FIFA World Cup movement,” stated Greg O’Dell, president and chief executive of Events DC.
“As one of the most well-known and successful franchises in professional women’s soccer, the Washington Spirit bring a highly passionate and engaged fan base that will further strengthen our momentum for hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup, while leaving a lasting legacy for growing the women’s game.”
Known as America’s front lawn and a global capital city, Washington D.C. has deep roots in soccer history as well as a commitment to the future of the game with more than 300,000 active youth players and dozens of non-profits determined to engage kids in soccer activities around the city’s communities.
As a global city with deep roots in soccer history paired with world-class infrastructure and a proven ability to host high-profile, international events, Washington, DC is positioned to be an unmatched host city for the historic 2026 FIFA World Cup, for the first time spanning three nations: Mexico, Canada and US.
DC2026 thus far has outlined an ambitious legacy plan to further grow interest in the game, including the enhancement of free after-school youth programming, development of fields and mini-pitches, and the creation of a center for coaching excellence and hosting other international competitions.
Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that hosts more than 1.7 million visitors and generates more than $400 million annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the RFK Stadium-Armory Campus (RFK Campus), including Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Festival Grounds at RFK Campus, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and the Skate Park at RFK Stadium. Stay current on the 190-acre RFK Campus Redevelopment Project at www.RFKCampus.com. Events DC also built and serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEEDcertified major professional sports stadium in the United States. Events DC manages Gateway DC, R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center and the Entertainment and Sports Arena (www.ESAontheRise.com), all conveniently located in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. For more information, please visit www.eventsdc.com and find us on social media – Facebook, Instagram and YouTube (Events DC), and Twitter (@TheEventsDC).